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Advisor/Coordinator: Mark Perry
What was Nova like for you? What were the positive things about Nova?
It was accepting; it was challenging; it was invigorating; it was flexible; it was loving; it was a catapult.
What do you mean “a catapult?”
When I came to Nova I wasn’t planning on finishing high school. I had dropped out, and I didn’t know how I was going to finish high school because I didn’t know how I was going to fit into the normal schooling system. It wasn’t that I wasn’t capable or good at school, but there were a bunch of different things going on, part emotional and home life, but also I knew what I wanted to do and I wasn’t interested in the other things. I was pretty stubborn about that. So Nova gave me the opportunity to still be a teenager, still be a kid, and have a high school experience, but one that I could have more ownership over and more room to explore the things I felt passionate about.
What resources were important or crucial for you?
The biggest resources were human connections. I wasn’t especially tied into the student body because I was a transfer student, but I had great educational relationships with my teachers, who really made me think and made me really interested and involved in what I was learning. That sort of guided but self-directed learning really proved to be helpful in college and later in life in general, especially what I do now.
Where did you end up going to college?
I went to Bennington College in Vermont. It’s a very small private school for the arts. I went for photography and philosophy.
It was a good jump from Nova?
Yes, it was the only school I applied to because it was a bigger version of Nova.
How did you integrate your love for photography with your studies at Nova?
I was very involved with photography when I came to the school. Nova gave me a chance to earn credit for my work outside of school, including a program I did in New York. I also spent a lot of self-directed time at The Photographic Center Northwest.
What are doing currently?
I shoot editorial for an independent business in Seattle, which is mainly fashion oriented. I also freelance. I shoot music and album covers. I do portraiture and events. I also do more conceptual and art-based work.
Do you have a website?
What advice do you have for current Nova students?
It’s hard to be in high school; it’s hard to be a teenager. But, you’re only a teenager once and it will go by pretty quickly, so try to get the most you can out of life and the resources at Nova. Have fun and find what you like and do that really hardcore.
What advice do you have for someone considering coming to Nova?
I think the most important thing about coming to Nova is being self-directed. If you can have any ounce of self-direction or discipline, Nova will catapult you. It will give you the freedom to do some really special things as a high school student. Freedom is awesome, but it takes a lot of responsibility. Come and talk to people and see if you make a connection with students or teachers. Find someone to connect to who help you with your studies.
What was different about your teachers at Nova?
Mark Perry was my advisor. He was the first adult I felt like I could say anything to. I could tell him honestly what was going on with me. I could talk about my home life and my studies. He was so compassionate and nonjudgmental. He really believed in me. The other thing is, I still remember taking Barbara’s Senior Lit class. There were guidelines, but there weren’t rules. I had a class where people really took things seriously. We had a level of discussion that was not typical of high school. We read difficult and complex texts, not so much the language, but the subject matter. We read all these books and had open conversations about what they were about. I remember walking out of class and being so excited about what we had talked about and what we were reading that I buzzed all the way home. I walked all the way home buzzing [makes buzzing sound].
Interview by Benjamin Verdoes, 2014
Photo courtesy of Megumi Shauna Arai
Come on out for an evening of music with our Nova community: students, parents, neighbors, & friends. It's an all ages, multi-genre, cafe-style show at Nova! Sponsored by Nova PTSA. Staff and students will perform their songs and favorite tunes!
We'll be serving appetizers, desserts and mock-tails.
Where: Nova High School
300 20th Ave E. Seattle, Wa 98112
When: April 4th at 7pm
Are you interested being a part Nova's dynamic and creative program?
Nova is hosting several FAMILY TOURS so folks in the community can learn more about our school.
FAMILY TOURS FOR OPEN ENROLLMENT:
Thursday January 9 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Thursday February 6 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Tuesday, February 11 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Thursday February 27 12:30 – 1:30 pm
ORIENTATION DATES & SIGN-UPS for Prospective 2014-15 Students:
300 20th Ave E
For additional info or inquiries contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
College Goal Washington is a series of statewide events that provide free information and assistance to students and families who are applying for financial aid for post secondary education by helping them complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Seattle Public Schools invites all seniors to attend one of the many College Goal Washington Financial Aid Nights scheduled in January.
Financial aid experts and trained volunteers will be at each event to walk students through the FAFSA process.
The FAFSA is an essential first step in accessing college financial aid. It is required for most scholarships, grants and loans.
College Bound Scholarship seniors must complete their FAFSA by Feb. 1 in order to meet the priority funding date.
College Goal Sunday dates and locations are listed below:
• Thursday, Jan. 9 (6-7:30 p.m.) at Chief Sealth International High School
• Monday, Jan. 13 (2:30-6 p.m.) at Franklin High School
• Thursday, Jan. 16 (2:30-6 p.m.) at Cleveland High School
• Wednesday, Jan. 22 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) at Roosevelt High School
• Wednesday, Jan. 22 (5-8 p.m. at Rainier Beach High School
• Thursday, Jan. 23 (6-7:30 p.m.) at West Seattle High School
The Seattle Public Libraries will also be hosting three College Goal Washington events at the following locations:
• Saturday, Jan. 11 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) at SPL Lake City Branch
• Saturday, Jan. 25 (2-6 p.m.) at SPL Rainier Beach Branch
• Saturday, Feb. 1 (1-6 p.m.) at SPL West Seattle Branch
The library events are open to all SPS students. For additional details and a list of the things students and parents need when completing the FAFSA visit www.roadmaptocollege.org.
Before the show, founding Beats! member and Nova student, Omar Tellez (aka Tellez Tha Formula) had an opportunity to visit KUBE 93.3 to announce the show live on the radio. Beats! Committee also received several previews in local newspapers.
At Nova, students are able to pursue their interests and work toward developing their talents.
Here is a sample beat created by Beats! student Nash:
Read more about the committee and the show below: